Municipal Auditorium, a building that many fans believe is the best arena in which to watch basketball, is the home of UMKC men's basketball. The venue, which has a rich and storied basketball tradition, is now in its eighth decade in Kansas City.
Municipal, which was opened in 1936, has hosted nearly every type of event - from U.S. presidential campaigns to NCAA Final Four Championships. In fact, the auditorium has hosted a total of nine NCAA Championships, which are the most of any other building in the country. The facility is also the home to the NAIA National Tournament and the MIAA Tournament.
In the fall of 2013, a $5 million renovation included new video boards, LED scorer’s table, sound system, lighting, seating in the lower level and electrical upgrades.
In 2006, the facility replaced the playing court.
Municipal Auditorium is located in the heart of downtown Kansas City and steps from the Kansas City Power & Light District.
Municipal Auditorium comfortably seats 9,987 people, including approximately 7,300 permanent upholstered seats.
The Arena is one of four self-contained venues in the Municipal Auditorium, and has its own lighted marquee, box office, show office, coat check, restrooms and concessions. It is accessible from the south side of 13th Street, where visitors enter through the splendid Grand Foyer.
The arena is also connected by covered walkways to the Convention Center, Conference Center, and the Auditorium Plaza Garage.